If it rained today the trail is closed tomorrow. Trail is also closed during freeze/thaw cycles. Check trail status on Facebook at Cochran Mill Trails. If you encounter wet trails, regardless of when it rained, please respect them and consider the 20-mile gravel loop that leaves from the park.
The Red Trail is a moderately challenging trail that leads to the beautiful Henry Mill Falls. To find the trailhead, ride downhill from the parking lot and cross the two bridges on Cochran Mill Road, as you start to climb, look for the entrance on the left.
The trail starts as you turn off Cochran Mill Road and descends to a raised turn that continues through a swamp. Once across the swamp, you'll be back on singletrack for a short distance to an intersection, this is the start of the loop. The trail has a very different fill depending one which way you choose to go. If you prefer challenging climbs on narrow hand-built singletrack, stay straight / right and this will lead you to EMT Hill. If you prefer an easier climb with more flow, turn left and follow Bear Creek downstream.
The main highlight of the trail is Henry Mill Falls, however, there is much more to see along the trail and you'll soon forget you are only 15 minutes from the world's busiest airport. On the Big Ridge section of the trail, you'll be treated to great winter vistas from the top of the ridge, large rock outcrops and a fern-filled valley as you descend back to Bear Creek. There is a short section of 2-way traffic as you continue downstream. After a small creek crossing, you'll encounter a smaller loop, direction here is not that important.
If you continue downstream, first you'll pass across the top of Henry Mill Falls before descending to an old Jeep road. Follow the road uphill and look for the singletrack trail coming down from the right. This technical climb will lead to outstanding views above the creek.
The most important part about this trail is to take your time and enjoy the scenery, which changes constantly with the seasons.
Shared By: Pete Edmondson